Tag: hip hop

Report: Apple TV+ and Oprah Winfrey Announce #MeToo Documentary with Russell Simmons Accuser as Primary Subject

Trigger Warning: The following article contains details of an alleged sexual assault. The lineup for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival was announced on Wednesday and there is one particular mysterious project that stands out. According to an Apple TV+ press release, the untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering documentary, executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and […]

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Zero Problems: It’s Jay-Z’s 50th Birthday and His Entire Discography Is Now Available on Spotify

Jay-Z performs onstage at SOMETHING IN THE WATER – Day 2 on April 27, 2019 in Virginia Beach City. Photo: Craig Barritt (Getty Images for Something in the Water) If you having streaming problems, I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but listening to Jay-Z ain’t one! Today, December 4, marks Shawn […]

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‘There Was Silence. It Was Understood’: Reflections About ‘yasiin bey: Negus,’ the Listening Installation at the Brooklyn Museum

A few weeks back, I wrote a piece that was critical of “yasiin bey: Negus,” the travelling art exhibit/listening installation curated by yasiin bey, the artist formerly known as Mos Def. My overarching point (perhaps fairly called “mean” in the comments on the actual piece, and disregarded as close-minded on Facebook) was that the idea, […]

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Yasiin Bey Presenting His New Album Negus Exclusively in Museums Surrounded by Art Is What Happens When Musicians Get Bored

It’s not quite rocket-surgery or anything, but I definitely believe in the maxim that too much of anything can be bad. And when I say “anything” I mean literally anything, from obvious stuff like food or crime, to less obvious stuff like talent, Kenny G albums or Target runs. Put a pin in “talent.” That […]

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Yeahhh, Lil Nas X Is Gonna Take His Historic 2019 CMA Award to the ‘Old Town Road’

Lil Nas X is still riding the winning wave until he can’t no more. “Old Town Road (Remix)” scored the 2019 Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Musical Event of the Year, which means Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus both took home awards on Wednesday night. Producers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of […]

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Hip-Hop Legend Eric B. Jailed in New Jersey for 17-Year-Old Warrant

Photo: QuietRoom (YouTube) On the CBS series Blue Bloods, hip-hop icon Eric B. conducts criminal investigations as Detective Mike Gee, but in real life, the DJ-turned-actor has found himself on the wrong side of the law. From NJ.com: Hip-hop musician Eric Barrier, currently an actor on the CBS series “Blue Bloods,” has been jailed in […]

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OutKast Among The Nominees For The 2020 Songwriters Hall Of Fame

OutKast has played an integral part in shaping the landscape of hip-hop culture. The rap duo will be honored for their contributions to music in a major way. According to Pitchfork, the Atlanta-based rappers have been nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Andre 3000 and Big Boi were instrumental in making Southern hip-hop mainstream. […]

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‘I Felt Pretty’: For His 50th Birthday, Diddy Reflected on Life as Fashion’s Bad Boy

As someone who’s spent her entire working life in the fashion and music industries (over two decades and ongoing), it remains challenging for me to think of Sean Combs as anything but “Puffy.” You see, as a Gen-Xer, I remember well his evolution from upstart promoter to music exec to entertainment juggernaut…while unfortunately, my mind […]

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How Hip-Hop Dance Groups Have Helped Asian Americans Find Belonging

“Ready? Let’s take it from the top!” a choreographer yells from atop the library steps. Below her, on U.C. Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza, a massive congregation of dancers—comprised almost entirely of Asian bodies—breaks into an intricate hip-hop routine. Running into one of these dance groups is an everyday occurrence at U.C. Berkeley. But it’s 10 p.m., […]

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It Turns Out, Hip-Hop Will Probably Always Be the Love of My Life

A few weeks back, I attended an album talk for noted hip-hop lyricist and producer Pharaohe Monch’s 1999 album, Internal Affairs (released on seminal label, Rawkus Records), at The REACH, the new arts and culture center that’s part of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The talk was a […]

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10 Thoughts About Kanye West’s Jesus Is King Because God Is Good All the Time and All the Time…

On Oct. 25, 2019, Kanye Omari West released his ninth studio album, Jesus Is King. The album was released on the heels of his at-best popular, but always well-attended “Sunday Service” performances and is a succinct 11-track album that clocks in at just over 27 minutes. There’s been a ton of news surrounding Kanye and […]

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Scarface Says It’s Time for the Hood to Represent Houston’s 3rd Ward on City Council

HOUSTON—I had no idea what to expect when I agreed to interview hip-hop legend Scarface back in September. A child of the 1980s, I was a keen listener of the Geto Boys and their hood tales of trappin’ in Houston, getting women (to put it mildly) and pullin’ out the chrome on niggas who stepped […]

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Russia’s Crackdown On Hip-Hop Is Backfiring Spectacularly

ULAN-UDE, Russia — In a country where nearly all Western music has historically been seen as an act of rebellion, the question isn’t how hip-hop became the soundtrack of discontent in Russia but, rather, how hip-hop got to Russia in the first place. When the internet became widely available in Russia in the mid-90s, the […]

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Doctor Dre Loses Sight Due To Diabetes Is A Cautionary Tale For Black Folks

Sad news to report. Hip hop legend Doctor  Dre, known for being the co-host of “Yo! MTV Raps”, has lost his vision due to complications from diabetes. See Also: WTH? ‘Black Panther’ Writer Roxane Gay Was Not Invited To The Movie Premiere Dre has been fighting type 2 diabetes for years, which has caused him […]

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T.I. Says Iggy Azalea ‘Switched Up’ Once She Figured She Didn’t Need Black Folks Anymore

T.I. on Monday continued his regrets tour when it comes to former protégé Iggy Azalea, saying that the Australian-born rapper fell off, in part, after she decided to switch things up once she realized “she didn’t really need black people” anymore. Talking with the hosts of The Breakfast Club, T.I. spoke about what he felt […]

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Drew Banga Wants to Spark the Bay Area’s Rap Resurgence

This summer, an elongated “DREWW” was ubiquitous on Bay Area radio. Whether it was BOSSLIFE BIG SPENCE’S “10K” or Kamiyah’s “Windows,” producer Drew Banga uplifted every song he touched with his booming bass, spacious arrangements, and textured, colorful sounds. His beats offer something different for fans of contemporary rap, a market largely dominated by New […]

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‘I Was Always a Sex Addict’: A$AP Rocky Makes Shocking Revelation on Untold Stories of Hip-Hop

As the title suggests, Angie Martinez has promised to uncover the Untold Stories of Hip-Hop with her new We TV series, and if a preview clip from its next episode is any indication, The Voice of New York is about to over-deliver. In an exclusive preview clip provided to TMZ, Sweden’s least favorite rapper A$AP […]

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DMX Checks Into Rehab for Substance Abuse, Cancels Scheduled Shows

Sobriety is an ongoing process and DMX is making sure he faces his challenges head-on. According to Billboard, DMX (born Earl Simmons) has voluntarily checked into a rehab facility following a series of canceled performances, including the Rolling Loud festival in New York City on Sunday and Def Jam’s 35th-anniversary event in Brooklyn on Thursday. […]

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All About the Comeback: Cardi B Wants to Name Her Next Album ‘Tiger Woods’

Cardi B; Tiger WoodsPhoto: Pascal Le Segretain (Getty), Mike Ehrmann (Getty) In a year when Cardi B stayed winning (a Grammy, a BET Award and a Billboard trophy among her victories), it’s obvious she’s good when it comes to the come up. That appears to explain, at least in part, how the rap star came […]

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Snoop Dogg’s Newborn Grandson Dies Just 10 Days After His Birth

Snoop Dogg at an event in Inglewood, Calif., July 15, 2019Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer (Getty Images for Cedars Sinai Sports Spectacular) Snoop Dogg and his family are mourning the death of his infant grandson. Snoop’s son Corde Broadus shared the news on Instagram that his baby, Kai Love, died this week just 10 days after his birth. […]

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DaBaby and Nicki Minaj’s ‘iPHONE’ Will Help You Clean Up Your Love Life

Megan Thee Stallion might be pushing to extend “hot girl summer” into “hot girl fall,” but some of us need time to clean up our love lives. On the Nicki Minaj-featuring “iPHONE,” off DaBaby’s new album, KIRK, the North Carolina rapper has a solution. On the body-swaying chorus, he proclaims he’s simply going to “stay […]

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‘Hot Girl Summer’ Officially Belongs to Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Thee Stallion performs onstage during Rihanna’s 5th Annual Diamond Ball in New York, Sept. 12, 2019.Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris (Getty Images for Diamond Ball) Just in time for summer’s end, “Hot Girl” Megan Thee Stallion got her wish and was awarded a trademark for the song title and phrase she made go viral, “Hot Girl […]

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